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Kick the smoking habit in 28-day challenge

Smokers are being urged to kick the habit for 28 days next month as part of a national campaign.

Stoptober, backed by Kingston Council, Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group and a range of local organisations, offers support, guidance and encouragement for smokers wishing to go 28 days without smoking.

Almost one in five adults in the borough smoke.

Smoking is Britain’s biggest killer, with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking disease.

Someone who stops smoking for 28 days is five times more likely to quit for good. As well as the health benefits, quitting saves the average smoker more than £150 a month.

To support Stoptober, Kick It – a local service helping people to quit smoking - is running a series of events in the borough. Look out for the Kick It van in your area.

“Stoptober provides smokers with an excellent opportunity to kick the habit.

Smokers can give up for 28 days and see how they feel at the end of it. We are confident they will not look back. 

“The health and wellbeing of residents is a key priority for the council and we have a range of support services available for those who need help in giving up smoking. I urge smokers across the borough to give this a real go and to then live healthier, longer lives.”

Dr Jonathan Hildebrand, Kingston’s Director of Public Health
To sign up for Stoptober go to www.smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober. For more advice about stopping smoking, call Kick It on 020 3434 2500 or go to www.kick-it.org.uk.